Becoming more energy efficient doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort – it can actually be really quick and easy. In fact, there are a variety of different innovative gadgets that can help you cut back on your energy consumption and save money in next to no time.
Wireless smart plugs
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How often do you forget to switch your appliances off at the wall, instead just leaving them on standby? According to the Energy Saving Trust, UK households are wasting around £600m a year by leaving appliances on standby.
Wireless smart plugs allow you to switch your electrical devices off at the socket remotely, using an app on your smartphone. This means your appliances and gadgets won’t be running your energy bills up when you’re not home.
Prices start from around £18, but vary depending on what features you want.
Self-bleeding radiator valves
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If your appliances aren’t running efficiently, chances are they’ll be wasting energy and costing you money. Radiators need to be bled regularly to release hot air and ensure they’re running safely and efficiently.
Self-bleeding radiator valves, like those offered by Aladdin, take care of this job for you, automatically bleeding your radiators so you don’t have to.
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Even with a radiator that’s working efficiently, you could still be losing heat from behind it. Luckily, this is where the radiator booster comes into play. This tube sits on top of your radiator and sucks up lost heat from behind it, then circulates the warm air around the room. The manufacturers claim that it can raise the temperature of a room by 3°C, saving you an average of £140 a year.
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The Eco Showerdrop is an interesting little gadget, and claims to be able to save you up to £180 a year. The idea behind the Eco Showerdrop is that you hang it in your shower and it lets you know when you’ve used a certain amount of water (the suggested amount is 35 litres), so you know when to get out. If you can’t bear the thought of cutting your shower time short, even jumping out one minute early can still save you £10 per year.
Smart meters track your gas and electricity consumption and automatically send meter readings to your energy supplier. This means you will get more accurate bills, while also getting a better understanding of where you’re using energy and where you can cut back.
The UK government is requiring energy suppliers to offer smart meters to every home in Britain by the end of 2020. Here at Co-operative Energy, we’re currently trialling smart meter technology with a small group of customers so we can deliver the best service possible when the time comes.
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